According to a latest report of the Association for Democratic Reforms, an election watchdog working for bringing transparency and accountability in politics and reducing money and muscle power in elections, as many as 57 per cent of politicians elected to the House since 2005 have criminal records. The ADR came to this conclusion after an analysis of 10,785 candidates who contested elections to the state assembly and Parliament since 2005.

The ADR report stated that as many as 57 percent candidates themselves declared the criminal cases pending against them while 36 percent declared they had serious criminal cases pending against them.